#DalitWomenFight: Dalit Women speaking from the Frontlines of the Battle Against Caste Apartheid with special guests Climbing Poetree
Join us for a historic evening at the CUNY Graduate Center where Dalit women activists from the frontlines of the Dalit Women’s Self-Respect movement will join host Dalit-American artist Thenmozhi Soundarajan and special guests Climbing Poetree, to break the silence on caste apartheid in India and the diaspora.
The Dalit Women’s Self-Respect movement is India’s largest historic challenge to caste-apartheid and caste-based sexual violence. The All India Dalit Women’s Rights Forum (All India Dalit Mahila Adhikar Manch) activists who have had enough of India’s epidemic of caste violence, jumped into jeeps, cars, bikes, and rickshaws traveling state to state in the largest freedom ride to demand an end to caste based violence in Indian history. At each stop activists comforted survivors, confronted perpetrators, and called out corrupt public officials and the State who are responsible for this violence.
CUNY Graduate Center
Room 9204/9205/9206 (NOTE CHANGE OF LOCATION!)
The evening will feature a night of personal testimonies, songs, performance, film and discussion. Also present will be photographs and posters that have been created by artists from all over the world to document the work of the Dalit Women’s Self Respect Movement.
Check out the phenomenal Climbing Poetree’s work here: www.climbingpoetree.com/
This event is co-sponsored by the Center for Place, Culture & Politics, CUNY, INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence, AF3IRM National, New York Taxi Workers Alliance, South Asia Solidarity Initiative, Ambedkar International Mission, Ambedkar Association of North America, Association of India’s Development, Desis Rising Up and Moving
We will be in New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., San Francisco, Oakland, Los Angeles, Chicago, Detroit, Houston and Seattle! Check out our national tour list.